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Angels' Torii Hunter suspended four games

Hunter1 Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has been suspended four games following his outburst Friday, in which he followed his ejection by tossing a bag of baseballs onto the field. Hunter also called umpire Ron Kulpa, who had called three consecutive strikes on him, a "drama queen" for what the outfielder considered an exaggerated reaction after the bill of Hunter's batting helmet made contact with the umpire's face.

Hunter will not appeal. He will serve the suspension starting with Saturday night's game in Detroit.

"It's tough for us as a team," Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's tough for Torii."

Hunter leads the team in many offensive categories, including batting average (.294), on-base percentage (.374), slugging percentage (.505), runs batted in (70) and home runs (18, tied with Mike Napoli).

-- Ben Bolch and Bill Shaikin

Photo: Angels outfielder Torii Hunter yells from the dugout after being ejected during the eighth inning of the Angels' 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

 
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